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Former FBI Agent Convicted of Bribery and Conspiracy


On October 7, 2022, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent previously assigned to the Strategic Technology Unit at FBI Headquarters was convicted by jury of one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy. David Paitsel was convicted in the District of Columbia.  According to court documents and the information presented at trial, from on or about February 28, 2017, through on or about July 1, 2018, Paitsel utilized his access to the FBI-furnished Thomson-Reuters Clear database to research and provide the personal, nonpublic information of private citizens to real estate agent Brian Bailey in exchange for money. Bailey then used that information and conspired with an employee of the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development, to obtain confidential Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act information and purchase properties in Washington, D.C.  Bailey was a co-defendant and was convicted of two counts of bribery and two counts of conspiracy.  The investigation is being conducted by the OIG’s Washington Field Office, the FBI Washington Field Office, and the District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General.

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Conviction by Trial